Which grant is right for my project?


We support a wide variety of projects from repairing a roof to helping install an accessible toilet. Our grants help churches, people and local communities.

If you are looking for funding, but are not sure if the National Churches Trust can fund your project, or are unsure which grant programme to apply through, please see the options below. Click on a red button for details on how to apply.

To be eligible for our grant programmes, you must have 50% of the funding required in place (this can include any VAT you are eligible to reclaim through the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme) and permissions. Please be sure to have read the relevant guidance note (including eligibility criteria) before applying.

Unfortunately we are unable to fund all types of work.


  Repairs to a church building e.g. re-roofings, stone repairs etc.

Works are urgent and structural and cost over £100,000 including VAT and fees. 

See our Cornerstone (large) Grant Programme











Alterations to a church building to enhance facilities – works include kitchens and toilets – could be an extension (but not a separate structure).

Works cost over £30,000 including VAT and fees. 

See our Cornerstone (large) Grant Programme










Help to develop a church building project (at an existing church building).

For example, researching issues through in-depth structural reports, or identifying possibilities through feasibility or options studies, in order to develop a more sustainable capital project, and/or to prepare projects to a point at which they can apply to major grant bodies. 

See our Gateway (medium) Grant Programme

 Fabric repairs to a church building e.g. roof work, stone repairs etc.

Works are to the fabric and urgent and essential, and cost between £10,000 and £100,000 including VAT and fees. 

See our Gateway (medium) Grant Programme













 Maintenance- such as fixing slipped roof tiles, clearing gutters, improving rain water goods and drainage.

Works cost under £10,000 excluding VAT. 

See our Foundation (small) Grant Programme











Maintenance services (gutter clearance, lightening protection system repairs and asbestos removals) for a church building as booked via MaintenanceBooker.

Grants of up to £500 excluding VAT.

See our Preventatative Maintenance Micro Grant Programme


What we don't fund:

  • Church-based activities e.g social outreach services, funding for choirs etc.
  • Conservation or changes to contents e.g. artworks, bells, glass, clocks, monuments, pews etc.
  • Work in churchyard / boundary walls e.g tree management, conservation of monuments.
  • Work to a building separate from the main church e.g. hall.
  • Works purely for heating, lighting, reseating etc.
  • Buildings that are no longer in use for regular worship, that are less than 10 years old, or that were not originally built as a place of worship.

Please see our fundraising advice pages for further help


What projects we have funded:

You can find details of churches, chapels and meeting houses that we have helped with grants on our interactive grants map and past case studies

We also list recent awards in our annual review.


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